Charlotte Jorst & Nintendo Take Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix for 2nd Win of Year

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Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir earning a personal best score despite the rider being back in the saddle just two weeks after breaking her collar bone. The pair placed fourth in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 8, 2017–Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo won the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Wednesday for the second victory of the year for the American and her KWPN stallion.

Charlotte of Reno, Nevada and the 14-year-old Nintendo scored 71.300 per cent for the win 11 days after taking the World Cup Grand Prix Special at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex.

Great Britain’s Suzan Pape on Harmony’s Don Noblesse placed second on 70.880 per cent in a year where so far the rider has become the leading prize money winner on the Wellington circuit.

Dawn White O’Connor in only her second CDI Grand Prix on Legolas, the horse she took over after Steffen Peters rode the Westfalen gelding to Olympic team bronze medal last summer, placed third on 70.560 per cent.

Dawn White O’Connor and Legolas in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Some of the loudest applause came for Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir, posting a personal best score of 70.280 per cent just two weeks after the rider returned to the saddle after being trampled by a horse that broke her left collar bone requiring the insertion of seven pins.

Olivia of Middleburg, Virginia and Lonoir, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, began the Big Tour 11 months ago after being named as the traveling reserve at small tour for the American team at the 2015 Pan American Games.

She had been holding a horse for another rider when she was trampled six weeks ago. As one of the corps of riders working with Debbie McDonald, Lonoir was kept in training until Olivia could return to riding two weeks ago.

Dawn White O’Connor, an assistant trainer for the past decade at Steffen’s San Diego, California training center, has built a bond with Legolas, often traveling with the Westfalen gelding now 15 years old to competitions in the Americas and Europe.

As Steffen focused on Rosamunde, the 10-year-old Rhinelander mare aiming for the World Cup in Omaha in March, Dawn began working with Legolas and had their first start at a new World Cup event in Las Vegas a month ago. The pair placed second behind Steffen and “Rosie” in both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle using the music that Steffen rode to.

Devon Kane and Destiny inthe Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Devon Kane, whose family’s Diamante Farms is the sponsor of this CDI5* week, rode Destiny to a score of 68.920 per cent for sixth place, the highest score in two years on the Danish Warmblood gelding now 14 years old that she has worked with for more than a decade.

On Sir Galanto, her second mount, she scored 64.520 per cent. The 12-year-old stallion Devon was competing in only his second Grand Prix spooked at his own shadow.

Canada’s Leah Wilkins, returning to the competition arena with Fabian JS, an 18-year-old Hanoverian gelding, for the first time since winning a World Cup Grand Prix Special here a year ago then having a baby boy she named Levi eight months ago, scored 66.720 per cent for ninth place.

Leah Wilkins and Fabian JS the first competition for the Canadian rider in a year and since giving birth to a boy. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Michael Klimke of Germany rode Royal Dancer in the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding’s first Grand Prix for a score of 65.360 per cent. Michael began CDI competition on Royal Dancer at small tour in Florida last winter.

Michael Klimke riding Royal Dancer in the first Big Tour competition for the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix
E: Whitham – CAN H: Maknami – RUS C: Matthiesen – DEN M: Clarke – GBR B: Osinski – USA
Rider Nat. Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. Tot. Pl.
Jorst, Charlotte USA Kastel’s Nintendo 71.300 3 72.600 2 72.600 1 69.000 6 71.000 3 71.300 1
Pape, Suzan GBR Harmony’s Don Noblesse 72.600 1 71.300 4 70.700 2 71.100 1 68.700 7 70.880 2
White-O’connor, Dawn USA Legolas 92 71.000 4 72.800 1 67.000 6 70.600 2 71.400 2 70.560 3
LaGoy-Weltz, Olivia USA Lonoir 70.200 5 72.100 3 67.300 5 69.900 5 71.900 1 70.280 4
Lane, Megan CAN San D’or 71.600 2 70.200 5 67.700 4 70.500 3 68.900 6 69.780 5
Kane, Devon USA Destiny 67.400 8 69.600 8 68.400 3 68.600 7 70.600 4 68.920 6
Matute Guimon, Juan ESP Quantico Ymas 67.700 7 70.200 5 66.500 7 70.200 4 69.500 5 68.820 7
Hickok, Chase USA Sagacious HF 68.500 6 70.200 5 66.500 7 67.000 8 68.200 8 68.080 8
Wilson, Leah CAN Fabian J.S. 67.200 9 67.800 9 64.800 10 65.700 12 68.100 9 66.720 9
White-O’connor, Dawn USA Aristo 66.900 10 66.000 12 64.300 11 66.400 10 65.100 15 65.740 10
Rizvi, P.J. USA Breaking Dawn 64.800 15 67.300 11 64.200 12 65.500 14 66.700 11 65.700 11
Marek, Anna USA Dee Clair 65.300 12 65.900 13 65.300 9 65.900 11 65.700 14 65.620 12
Klimke, Michael GER Royal Dancer 33 65.600 11 65.800 14 61.000 17 66.600 9 67.800 10 65.360 13
Tzinberg, Ellesse PHI Triviant 2 64.400 16 67.400 10 62.000 13 65.600 13 63.900 21 64.660 14
Kane, Devon USA Sir Galanto 64.400 16 65.300 16 61.400 16 65.200 15 66.300 12 64.520 15
Hickey, Christopher USA Ronaldo 64.900 13 65.600 15 61.900 14 64.600 17 65.100 15 64.420 16
Bechtloff, Holger USA Clapton JP 64.300 18 61.100 26 61.800 15 64.700 16 64.800 17 63.340 17
Bertschinger, Barbara SUI Rubin Cortes OLD 64.900 13 63.700 20 60.000 21 62.900 20 64.800 17 63.260 18
Sprieser, Lauren USA Ellegria 62.600 22 64.100 18 60.600 19 62.200 22 65.800 13 63.060 19
Priest, Kathy USA Wild Dancer 63.300 20 63.700 20 59.900 23 64.600 17 63.500 22 63.000 20
Steacie, Liz CAN Callahan 64.000 19 62.800 24 59.500 24 64.300 19 62.000 25 62.520 21
Strasser, Evi CAN Renaissance Tyme 62.900 21 62.900 23 59.500 24 62.700 21 64.400 19 62.480 22
Lipp, Karen USA Whitney 62.500 23 64.700 17 60.300 20 61.600 24 62.200 24 62.260 23
Irving, Jill CAN Arthur 61.500 25 63.200 22 60.000 21 61.500 25 64.000 20 62.040 24
Seidl, Franziska SUI Sigalia 56.800 26 61.700 25 60.900 18 61.700 23 61.900 26 60.600 25
Gentry, Kim AUS Leonardo 61.900 24 64.000 19 55.100 26 58.800 26 62.300 23 60.420 26
Pot, Adrienne USA Something Special Elim.